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Dembroski student-managed portfolio trust celebrates 10 years


Mission The Edwards School of Business develops business professionals to build nations. Our mission statement is comprised of two elements. The first element is the development of business professionals. We honour the School’s history of mentoring generations of business professionals by sharing research, knowledge, and experience. The second element is our contribution to nation-building. We are deliberate in using the term “nations.” A nation is a community of people who have things in common, without necessarily having any type of border. It also encompasses people who share a language, culture, history, community or heritage. We pluralize “nations” to emphasize the reaffirmation that we are a part of Treaty 6 Territory and homeland of the Métis. We believe in a commitment to and relationship with the Indigenous peoples and communities of our region and country. At Edwards, a nation-builder is someone who creates community, sees unity in diversity, and ensures access to opportunity.

Vision To be the Canadian leader in transformative business education and research that uplifts nations.

We will uplift nations.

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N. Murray Edwards Alumnus, friend, namesake Mr. Edwards has had a long-standing relationship with the University of Saskatchewan’s business school as a student, alumnus, and donor.

Birthplace Regina, Saskatchewan

He believes strongly in the value of business education. Over the years, he has given back to his alma mater, so students today continue to receive an outstanding business education at the University of Saskatchewan. In June 2000, when the Nutrien Centre addition opened, the N. Murray Edwards Case Room was unveiled. Faculty and students from across campus now use the case room, which has seating for 75 and smart technology capabilities. Throughout his university years in Saskatoon, Mr. Edwards had a keen interest in investing. On October 3, 2002, he rang the official bell, and the N. Murray Edwards MarketWatch went live. This stock ticker board, installed on the main floor of the Nutrien Centre, underwent renovations in 2017 and still provides continuous stock and commodity information, bringing the business world to the halls of the business school. Faculty, staff and especially students benefit from the direct link to the investment industry. On July 24, 2007, the University of Saskatchewan very proudly acknowledged Mr. Edwards’ continued relationship with the business school by transforming the College of Commerce to the N. Murray Edwards School of Business. Mr. Edwards’ investment in the business school allows us to gain recognition with our new brand and helps to position the business school as one of the best in Canada. At the university’s Spring Convocation ceremony on June 2, 2011, Mr. Edwards was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree, the highest honour the University of Saskatchewan can bestow. Mr. Edwards continues to remain truly engaged in the activities of the business school, supporting the George S. Dembroski Student-Managed Portfolio Trust and acting as judge and keynote speaker at the 2013 National Mining Competition. He also gives his time and knowledge by serving on the Edwards School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and is a member of the Edwards Dean’s Circle. The students, faculty, and staff of the Edwards School are grateful for Mr. Edwards’ continued support.

Residence Europe Education Bachelor of Commerce - Great Distinction University of Saskatchewan Bachelor of Laws - Honours University of Toronto Honorary Degrees LL.D. – University of Saskatchewan LL.D. – University of Calgary LL.D. – University of Toronto Occupation Corporate Director/Investor Credentials Leading Investor and Executive Chairman: - Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. - Ensign Energy Services Inc. - Magellan Aerospace Corporation Chairman and Co-owner: -C algary Flames Hockey Club of the National Hockey League Recognition Member of the Order of Canada Saskatchewan Oil Patch Hall of Fame International Horatio Alger Award Companion of the Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame


(thrīv) verb

1 to make steady progress; to prosper; be fortunate or successful. 2 to grow vigorously; flourish.

Strategic Director Keith Willoughby Editor-in-Chief Natasha Katchuk Designer Kevin Vindeg Contributors Anna Burton Megan Cantwell Sharon Evans Maya Gauthier Brittney Holweck Natasha Katchuk Joelena Leader Carlee Snow Keith Willoughby

Contents 1

Dean’s Advisory Council


Dean’s message

4 5 People, 5 Jobs What can you do with a business education? Five outstanding Edwards graduates tell us what they love about their jobs.

Photography Dawn Stranden Photography Natasha Katchuk Stobbe Photo Cover photo David Stobbe Publisher Edwards School of Business 25 Campus Drive Saskatoon, SK Canada S7N 5A7 Advertising sales

6 Cover story: Dembroski student-managed portfolio trust celebrates 10 years The student-managed fund in the Edwards School of Business hits $4.3 million

13 Edwards at a Glance 14 Notes from a Nation Builder Thrive asked alumnus Michael Nederhoff to author an opinion piece on ethically growing controversial companies

16 Future Nation Builders Thrive spoke to some of our student leaders to gain insight on what they have taken from their time at Edwards


Contents 26 Research: Dr. Dionne Pohler’s research aims to understand how policies and decision-making processes impact organizations and workers

18 Alumna: Sandra Masters It’s not about what we did, it’s about what there is still left to do

20 Alumnus: Brandon Spink Commerce alumni and current USask medicine student wins Joule Innovation Grant

22 Students: Indigenous Initiatives Thrive spoke with the Edwards Business Students Society (EBSS) on the creation and evolution of the Indigenous Initiatives document

28 Master Teacher: Dr. Lee Swanson Life-mapping in the classroom and beyond

30 Edwards Executive Education Developing a leadership journey

32 Donor Roll Thank you to all our donors and friends

34 Alumni achievements Recent highlights of Edwards alumni from around the world

40 Retirements Wanda Gonda retires after an outstanding career spanning two decades

40 Faculty Awards 41 In Memoriam 24 Donor: Nicole Li Donor helps students realize their road map to success

42 Highlights

The Dean’s Advisory Council The DAC is comprised of business and community leaders from across Canada, and we are extremely fortunate to be able to engage their wisdom and experience. On a yearly basis, they provide advice and guidance on our strategic direction, and help increase our connectivity with alumni and friends.

Keith Willoughby

Murray Edwards

Dean and Chair of the DAC Edwards School of Business

Executive Chairman Canadian Natural Resources Limited

CeCe Baptiste

Noralee Bradley

Shelley Brown

Wayne Brownlee

James Estey

Vice-President, Finance Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Executive Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer Nutrien

Retired Partner Deloitte LLP

Former Executive VP and CFO Nutrien

Chairman PrairieSky Royalty/ Gibson Energy

A. Stewart Hanlon

Cara Keating

Russel Marcoux

Board Director

President PepsiCo Foods Canada

President and CEO Marcoux Bros. Trucking Ltd.

Tim Gitzel

Daniel Halyk

President and CEO Cameco

President and CEO Total Energy Services Inc.

George Marlatte

Keith Martell

R. Scott McCreath

Neil McMillan

Larry Moeller

President Marlatte International Inc.

President and CEO First Nations Bank of Canada

Senior Investment Advisor BMO Nesbitt Burns Edwards Executive in Residence

Retired Chairman Cameco

President Kimball Capital Corp.

Gordon Rawlinson

Tracy Robinson

Marvin Romanow

Karen Stewart

Greg Yuel

President and CEO CN

Retired CEO Nexen Edwards Executive in Residence

Founder and CEO Fairway Divorce Solutions

President and CEO PIC Investment Group

CEO Rawlco Radio Ltd. and Rawlco Capital Ltd.



Dean's message Famed scientist Marie Curie declared “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”


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Her words — penned about a century ago — resonate powerfully with the experiences of a (are we there yet?) post-pandemic 21st century society. As we accelerate our understanding, we lose our fixation on fear. As we apprehend and appreciate the world around us better, we gain confidence amid anxiety. Nation-building business professionals – like those highlighted in this year’s edition of Thrive – blossom when the rigour of preparation meets the prospect of opportunity. In the Edwards School of Business, a Nation Builder is someone who creates community. They see unity in diversity and provide access to excellence. This is a century-long legacy of which our school can be justifiably proud. Business professionals from our school have fostered enhanced community connectivity. Their perspectives have enabled enriched diversity of thought and background. Take, for example, the governance abilities of Sandra Masters, an Edwards alumna who is the first woman mayor in either of our province’s major cities. Consider the entrepreneurial contributions of Michael Nederhoff, an Edwards alumnus whose written commentary in Thrive highlights the importance of ethically cultivating controversial companies. Ponder the ways in which Brandon Spinks is alleviating societal pain through his current studies as a medical student. Contemplate the trailblazing contributions of the Dembroski Student Managed Porfolio, a veritable career-changing experience that elevates today’s students to become tomorrow’s investment professionals. Relish in the stellar expertise of Dr. Lee Swanson, another in the illustrious line of Edwards Master Teachers.

Sense the courageous curiosity evident in the ground-breaking, world-advancing research of Dr. Dionne Pohler. Cherish the valuable contributions of a student-led Indigenous Initiatives document that encouraged the writing of personal land acknowledgements. These stories underscore the reach of our mission, the impact of our vision, and the centrality of our values. The Thrive magazine serves to inform, excite, and enthuse. It demonstrates that real-life business professionals are building nations in our backyard and on the world stage. Nation Builders are everywhere, from the hamlets of this province to the metropolises of the planet. Critical thinkers and creative doers are emerging to enhance entrepreneurship, govern organizations, and harness the power of inclusivity. Authenticity, integrity, and a pervasive work ethic represent the hallmarks of Edwards success — whether it be achievements of the past, triumphs of the present, or anticipated excellence in the future. Yes — our society has witnessed pivotal incidents over the past two years, from supply chain disruptions to market uncertainty to global distress. We cannot gloss over the pain experienced by many. However, Madame Curie was right — “Nothing in life is to be feared”. Events are to be recognized, shifts are to be observed, circumstances are to be respected — but nothing is to be feared. As a college, we will continue to uplift our neighborhoods and our nations. We will stand up and stand out. We will proceed forward, onward, and upward with resolute determination. The fearless nation-building business professionals outlined in this year’s Thrive are as monumental as they are motivational. They are aspirational and inspirational. They represent the very best of our college, the very best of society, the very best of us.



People Jobs

What can you do with a business education? Five outstanding Edwards graduates tell us what they love about their jobs. DAVID STOBBE


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Tara Janzen

Brent Hesje, ICD.D

Director of Development


Remai Modern B.Comm. 2005 Leading fundraising initiatives for artistic and cultural projects has allowed me to use the technical foundation of a business degree to better share stories that inspire people to give. It has become a fulfilling balance of using administrative and financial skills to support and elevate people and projects that add beauty and joy to our lives – from bringing back the bison at Wanuskewin to supporting dynamic programs, exhibitions, and events at Remai Modern. The incredible highlight of this kind of work is connecting to community, creativity, and art.

Fountain Tire B.Comm. 1985 My business education led to lifelong connections that continue to be helpful today in my roles as CEO of Fountain Tire and as an independent board member for several Canadian companies. The coolest part of my role at Fountain Tire is giving our network of store managers the opportunity to own 50% of a great local business. It is very exciting and rewarding to scale our 50% local ownership model across the country.

Danielle Wildfong, FEA

Rashid Ahmed

Candice Pete-Cardoso

Farm Advisor

Learning Specialist and Radio Host

Director, Indigenous Land Management Institute | Co-Chair, Indigenous Advisory Circle

Danielle Wildfong Consulting B.Comm. 2008 Coming from a small town, I craved connection to more people. Edwards provided access to people, unique perspectives that challenged my thinking, and cultivated self-awareness. We learn more about ourselves through the relationships with others. Above all is self-awareness which comes before theory; because you need to have the awareness of what you are learning to be able to apply it correctly and critically. What I love about my current role is helping people think about their thinking on business problems or relationship issues. The mindset shift helps them change how they approach their problems and solve them as a team.

Government of Saskatchewan The Voice of Saskatoon B.Comm. 2017 Originally from Pakistan, I moved to Canada 10 years ago. One of the challenges, though, was gaining meaningful employment in my field of work. I started working on upgrading my studies and treasured each day that I spent at Edwards. I benefited from classroom lectures and interactive sessions where peers shared their experiences. What I enjoy most about my role at the Government of Saskatchewan is the transformational experiences, taking on new challenges, and learning something new every day. To all graduates out there, be humble and remember that there is no substitute for hard work.

University of Saskatchewan CIBA 1997, B.Comm. 1999, MPA 2013 23 years ago, I was getting ready to walk across the stage, I was full of anticipation. I started walking and midway through, I heard this strong, almost protective little voice say, “that’s my mom!”. It was my 3-year-old son who sat on my late father's lap, with my then 9-year-old daughter and my mom. I will never forget that moment. I am grateful for what this education journey has provided for me; a career, and the opportunity to work with and serve Indigenous peoples and communities. Best of all, to be a role model for my children and grandchildren.



Dembroski student-managed portfolio trust celebrates 10 years NATASHA KATCHUK DAVID STOBBE


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The student-managed fund in the Edwards School of Business hits $4.3 million The first investment decision for the Dembroski Student Managed Portfolio Trust (Dembroski SMPT) at the Edwards School of Business (Edwards) was made on what many would consider a balmy winter day in January 2012. With access to $500,000 in cash from donor gifts, the initial purchase was 200 shares of Cenovus Energy (CVE). Three days later, 200 shares of Saputo (SAP) and 100 shares of Cameco (CCO) were added to the portfolio. Later that month, 100 shares of Tiffany & Co (TIF) rounded out the initial purchases. To date, the Dembroski SMPT has consistently delivered exceptional returns comparable with those of top professional managers. Over the last 10 years, the fund’s return on investment (ROI) has been an impressive 10.94 per cent compounded annually. Equally as impressive are the five-year and three-year returns of 11.85 per cent and 13.37 per cent, respectively. These returns speak to the excellent performance of Edwards finance students and from the continued investment of time and energy from donors and volunteers. As of market close on March 31, 2022, the Dembroski SMPT was valued at $4,315,313 Canadian. Even more important than the ROI, is the impact on students involved in the Dembroski SMPT. Two such students, Henry Chan and Kareena Arif, have helped manage the fund. They experienced firsthand the intricacies of managing an investment portfolio by bridging theory with practical application. Experience they will carry with them to their future careers.



“The Dembroski SMPT was one of the best experiences I had at Edwards.” said Henry Chan, a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student majoring in finance. “My Bachelor of Commerce degree has been enhanced because of the nature of the class. It allows students to experience not just buying or selling securities, but also completing an immense amount of research and valuations through different methods before presenting to the class.”

“The first two years of teaching the investment practicum courses exposed to me the lack of readiness of students to answer many of the questions that they would face in practice,” said Tannous. “I changed the way I teach. I currently devote significant time to observe the current events that are defining the market and I use my observations to explain how observed market changes are connected to the principles of financial management.”

Kareena Arif wholeheartedly agreed. She said the in-depth research on different stocks has broadened her knowledge to a great extent.

Tannous also said there have been many of guest speakers and volunteers who have given their time and energy over the years to support the Dembroski SMPT.

“I feel confident applying the theoretical knowledge I have gained so far to work,” said Kareena Arif, a current Edwards Master of Science in Finance student. “The research focused nature of the program allows me to understand finance more deeply and have a better grasp at the mechanisms of the financial market.” Professor Tannous said the trajectory of the student learning and practicum course itself has been remarkable.


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“The trust is overseen by a board of trustees, including investment professionals, alumni, finance faculty and students,” said professor George Tannous. "A portion of the income students earn provides benefits to Edwards students and the remainder is reinvested into the portfolio."

Asset Structure

Asset Structure

as at March 31, 2022

as at March 31, 2012

5.58 %


2 0.9



3.83 % 26 .


% % 6.97 2.35 % 5 0.07% 0.3 2% 6% 0.4 9%

% 01


0% 9.0

19 .66

7% 7.3




1 3.4 2 %

5 3.4 8 %

Canadian Dollar Cash US$ cash (in Canadian dollars) Money Market Mutual Fund Bonds Canadian Common Shares United States Common Shares International Securities (ADRs) Emerging Market ETF

Cash Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) Money Market Mutual Fund Bonds and Bond Funds Canadian Common Shares US Common Shares and US ETFs Trust Units ADRs of Chinese Common Shares ADRs of Indian Common Shares ADRs of Japanese Common Shares ADRs of European Common Shares

Growth of $1,000

Invested March 31, 2012 and held until March 31, 2022 $3300













Note 1: SMPT portfolio returns include capital gains, dividend yield, and the impact of the exchange rate. S&P 500 and TSX returns do not include the dividends or the impact of the exchange rate





S&P 500 capital gains SMPT total return TSX capital gains



Thank you to the many guest speakers and volunteers who have given their time and energy over the years to support the Dembroski SMPT. We also would like to recognize our generous investors: Bryn Botham Clifford Friesen Daniel & Nicole Halyk N. Murray Edwards George Dembroski Gordon Rawlinson Nesbitt Burns PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. Ralph & Mary Biden Raymond James Canada Foundation

Roderick Borstmayer Scott & Grit McCreath Shandi Boser Stacey Pantazopoulos Steve Kirk Susan Milburn Timothy Conlin Tyler Hislop Anonymous

Then and Now Top performing Canadian stocks Q1 2012

Q1 2022

Saputo (12.79%)

Canadian Natural Resources (44.83%)

Cenovus (7.31%)

Nutrien (35.91%)

Canadian Utilities (6.92%)

Suncor Energy (28.59%)

Top performing US stocks Q1 2012

Q1 2022

Tiffany & Co (11.66%)

Marathan Petroleum (33.61%)

AT&T (6.01%)

Lockheed Martin (24.19%)

DuPont de Nemours & Co (5.97%)

Deere & Co. (21.16%)

Top performers* (capital appreciation) The portfolio’s namesake, George Dembroski, also applauded the efforts of the student-managed fund. "The objective for my donation was to create an environment at the Edwards School of Business where student interest in stock trading and portfolio management would be greatly enhanced. The impact continues to be demonstrated through the student experience and investment in time and money from students and donors alike.”


For more information on becoming a guest speaker or investing in the Dembroski SMPT, visit or call 306-966-7471.

Amazon: 365.14% over 5 years and 9 months

CNR: 161.90% over 8 years and 4 months CNQ: 120.46% over 9 years and 4 months West Fraser Timber: 102.26% over 8 years and 10 months Non-Canadian

Apple: 357.40% over 5 years and 6 months Visa: 301.06% over 6 years and 5 months *Note that estimating the rate of return based on this data will underestimate the actual return as positions in these companies were accumulated over several transactions.


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Advisory board Cliff Wiegers Scott McCreath Susan Milburn Mitch Jones Abdullah Mamun Marie Racine George Tannous Craig Wilson Keith Willoughby (Chair)

“It is so important that students see their culture reflected in what they study and in the places they study, and USask is the place where this can happen. My dream is that all Indigenous students feel empowered, heard and a part of their campus community.” AUBREY-ANNE LALIBERTE-PEWAPSICONIAS STUDENT, EDWARDS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CO-FOUNDER, INDIGENOUS BUSINESS STUDENTS’ SOCIETY


TOMORROW THE WORLD No matter what challenges they face, Edwards School of Business students will continue to persevere because they know you are on their side as they navigate a new educational experience.

Thanks to your donation to the Campaign for Students the next generation of leaders, professionals and business owners will have scholarships and bursaries to help them thrive in their education and graduate with the tools to change the world.

Donate today at or call 306-966-7471.

Edwards at a Glance 2019-21 Academic Year



Total students

Total Alumni

Plus 100’s in certificate and Executive Education programs

* as of February 2022

Edwards has granted more than 29,500 degrees and certificates 18,976 1,401 1,560 170 7,772


Research Areas • Accounting • Finance • Management Science • Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour • Marketing • Management

B.Comm. MPAcc MBA Master of Science & Doctor of Philosophy Certificates


Employment Rate *of those looking for work

B.Comm. employment rate

Co-op employment rate

93.5% 98.2% *


Where Our

Graduates Live *based on valid addresses in the university database as of February 2022

Scholarships $1,468,892 Undergraduate

$691,179 Rest of Canada: 2,049 Saskatoon: Regina: SK - Other: Calgary: AB - Other: BC:

9,701 1,633 4,098 2,922 2,078 1,979


USA/Intl: 775





Notes from a Nation Builder Michael Nederhoff is the CEO of Shelter Cannabis and an Edwards alumnus. He is also a minor hockey coach and currently on three boards/advisory support. Thrive asked Michael Nederhoff to author an opinion piece for our readers on ethically growing controversial companies.



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As a minor hockey coach in Saskatoon, I am acutely aware of the impact that I have on youth. Which is why in business, I consider decisions through the lens of the regulator: How would they view this? Could it be seen as trying to circumvent the rules? Would regulators be supportive? After starting my professional career at Loblaws, I went on to work at Hershey, Cadbury Schweppes, Frito Lay, Red Bull, CytoSport (Muscle MLK), JUUL Labs, and Shelter Cannabis. Along the way, I also started a consulting company and am on boards/advisory support for three companies selling contentious products: Psyched Wellness (psychedelic mushrooms), PharmAla Biotech (MDMA), and PODA (heat not burn tobacco products). The companies I’ve had the opportunity to work with have disrupted categories, changed store layouts, and shifted how we consume products.

The Decision Choosing to work for these category disrupters was never a snap decision: a lot of thought, discussion, and evaluation goes into the decision-making process. Is it legal? Can I add value? Does the company need my skill set? What skills can I build there? Does it fit with my moral compass? And finally, will I enjoy it? At the time, I had never heard of either Red Bull or JUUL Labs. But these jobs turned out to be two of the most impactful of my career to date. Red Bull, an Austrian company, redefined carbonated beverages. We leveraged the strong global brand to quickly launch and scale up Red Bull in Canada. We boldly pitched retailers and asked convenience stores for more shelf space than Coca-Cola Classic.

When JUUL approached me, I was intrigued by the idea of a new company disrupting the market for combustible cigarettes. Everyone thought it was a huge leap to go from nutrition supplements to electronic cigarettes. However, e-cigarettes were positioned as the harm reduction opportunity of our generation. With smoking killing hundreds of thousands of people every year, e-cigarettes were viewed as something that could change this. My father had been a long-time smoker and I’m the father of two teenage boys and a toddler daughter. Opponents of e-cigarettes have long argued they would attract non-users – like my sons – to create a new generation of nicotine users. I truly viewed my work with JUUL Labs as a unique opportunity to help shape harm reduction. While the e-cigarette story is still unfolding, it has been impacted by mainstream media coverage, the identification of a medical condition called e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury (EVALI), an uptick in youth usage, and COVID. Rather than working together to find a balance between harm reduction and reducing onboarding of non-users, the two sides – industry and advocacy groups/regulators – are locked in an argument over who can do more to protect young people.

Scaling companies responsibly, ethically Sometimes you need to change strategy mid-course. At JUUL Labs, it felt like we were building the plane as we were flying it. A good example of this was when we decided to stop selling flavored products in Canada. This wasn’t driven by the regulator. And while it meant that we took a huge hit to revenue and profits, it was absolutely the right thing to do. When we saw numbers of youth users starting to rise, we knew we had to be a leader. No other

“ The companies I’ve had the opportunity to work with have disrupted categories, changed store layouts, and shifted how we consume products.” - Michael Nederhoff

companies followed suit. I know many people would not work in this industry, but I view it similarly to coaching hockey: I’d much rather be on the bench than up in the stands. In working to scale companies, I have always been mindful not to add too much expense before you have profitable revenue in place. Whether it was a company with $10 million in sales or hundreds of millions in sales, unless you control your expenses and have profitable revenue you won’t be in business long. This has been the case in the cannabis industry. Unless you’re containing your costs, you’re building debt and your cash burn can get out of control in a hurry.

What’s next? We are in the final stages of selling Shelter Cannabis. I will probably take some time off with my family and evaluate what I should do next. I am excited by the work being done in psychedelics; this represents a huge opportunity for treating many disorders I am interested in and passionate about. Many people have personal experience with mental illness, depression, PTSD, or Alzheimer’s, or have family or friends who have been affected. I feel like this emerging industry can make big waves here. Then again, I may just decide to become a full-time minor hockey coach!



Future Nation Builders We develop business professionals to build nations. Over the course of their degree, our B.Comm. graduates become Nation Builders. We spoke to some of our student leaders to gain insight on what they have taken from their time at Edwards and what they believe has made them a nation builder.


Dante Carter Hometown: Saskatoon, SK A member of Onion Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 6 Territory. Graduation Year: 2023 Major: Marketing Student Club Position: Spokesperson and Headperson, Indigenous Business Student Society (IBSS) For the students of Edwards, the IBSS… provides numerous supports for Indigenous students, either directly through one of our events, or indirectly by connecting Indigenous students with the proper resources and people to help them be successful and comfortable in their studies. We work to amplify the Indigenous voice within Edwards and to provide educational opportunities to non-Indigenous people to further Truth and Reconciliation and decolonization. Being a Nation Builder means... building a world where all people can see themselves represented in all areas and sectors. Working to lift and empower those around you while creating a system that allows for equitable opportunities to succeed.


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Reagan Martin Hometown: Swift Current, SK Graduation year: 2022 Major: Accounting Student Club Position: President, Edwards Business Students’ Society (EBSS) Being the President of the EBSS meant... that I was exposed to some of the smartest, kindest, and most passionate people I have ever met. I was able to participate in events that keyed in on professional development. The lessons I learned and the people I met directly contributed to my academic success. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as an Edwards student… is that studying for classes all the time is not necessarily the best use of your time. Attendance and studying are important, but the network you build with professors and fellow students contributes to your academic success in a big way. I like to use the 80:20 rule that we are taught at Edwards. In my case, I knew 20% of the course materials, the other 80% I learned from my network of students who knew that lesson better than I did.

Jessica Xia Hometown: Shanghai, China Graduation year: 2022 Major: Accounting Student Club Position: Co-President, Edwards International Students’ Society (EISS) During my time at Edwards, I gained... many good friends, learned a lot from outstanding professors and I also received a lot of support from helpful faculty and staff. Not only did I gain knowledge, but friendship and important soft skills, such as teamwork and networking. My advice for students is… be proactive. The more proactive you are, the easier it is to adapt. If you need a place to meet new people, EISS is your option. Do not regret the decisions or efforts you made; nothing is impossible to a willing heart.

Xiaodan Sun Hometown: Henan, China Graduation year: 2023 Major: Supply Chain Management Student Club Position: Co-President, Edwards International Students’ Society (EISS) Being the co-president of the EISS… means that I have the responsibility to build a bridge of communication for international students from all over the world and help them integrate into Edwards, while learning about different cultures. My advice for students is… actively participate in Edwards’ activities. They develop skills and help you foster relationships, which will help you integrate into Edwards as soon as possible. Meanwhile, attending various workshops is a great way to expand your knowledge. Responses edited for clarity and length.





It’s not about what we did,

it’s about what there is still left to do


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CARLEE SNOW DAVID STOBBE Sandra Masters (B.Comm. 1996) had joked in an interview that in the span of 55 days she went from being unheard of to the mayor of a major Canadian city. She contributes her success to good preparation and timing, her campaign team, and the want for change. “I think at its very core, the residents were looking for a change.”

referee sports teams and much more.

Masters was elected the 35th mayor of Regina in November 2020, beating out nine other candidates, including the two-term incumbent, making her the first woman mayor of either of Saskatchewan’s major cities.

During this time, Masters noticed the underrepresentation of women in both leadership positions and in male-dominated areas, like sports.

“I was told I should join the race and my response was, ‘you should find someone qualified,’” said Masters. Although not taken seriously at first, she quickly decided to take the advice and run. Although she had no prior political experience, Masters was well prepared for the job from her years of work and volunteerism within the Regina community. Before her career in office, Masters held many positions in the agriculture industry and within the city of Regina. One pivotal career was with Sherwood Credit Union which helped introduce Masters into the world of volunteerism. “I am very fortunate to have worked at Sherwood because they really valued volunteerism, so I became heavily involved through different positions during that time,” explained Masters. “I was working full-time and raising my four children alone, and volunteering allowed me to participate in activities with my kids.” Over the years, Masters took on many roles, joining boards for the schools and organizations her children were involved with, helped manage, coach, judge, and

“Joining different organizations through these positions, even if I was not qualified, was so beneficial,” said Masters. “It opened me up to so many experiences I would not normally get and connected me to so many people.”

“I was 32-years-old, and the representation was not as significant as it should be, so I became more willing to volunteer in these positions,” said Masters. “I would get shoulder tapped to coach boys’ sports teams or be the president of an organization. Because I showed up for one thing, people started to understand the value I held.” “I wanted to be that representation. Especially with three young boys, I wanted to show that I could do the job just as well as anyone else.” Now as mayor, Masters continues to increase the representation of women in male-dominated industries. At the time, the media around Masters focused heavily on the novelty of her appointment as the first woman mayor of a major Saskatchewan city and she grew tired of it because it is all people seemed to be interested in. However, in June 2021, at one of her first inperson events, a dad brought his daughter up to meet her and everything changed. The young girl was so excited to meet Masters and said she would love for her to come to her class and answer questions. “The way she was looking up at me I immediately said, ‘Yes absolutely, I would love to.’ In that moment it hit me that with

“ I wanted to be that representation. Especially with three young boys, I wanted to show that I could do the job just as well as anyone else.” - Sandra Masters

the absence of women in these roles, is politics even an ambition of young women? If they do not see themselves in these positions, how can they even inspire to pursue these roles?” Although experiences like this make Masters realize the importance of this novel title and everyone’s hyperfocus on it, she admits that there is a discomfort with it. “Women are not homogenous. We do not all have the same values, desires, hopes, viewpoints, and so on. The representation piece can feel heavy because I am seen as representing a gender because I am it,” explained Masters. “I cannot represent the viewpoint of every single woman; we do not look at men this way so we should not for women either.” Although her work is helping change the narrative, Masters is always looking forward on what more can be done. “I have a problem with celebrating successes because when I am set on a goal, five minutes after we execute it, I am on to the next thing,” explained Masters. “It is never ‘this is what we did,’ it is always ‘this is what there is still left to do.“





Brandon Spink, Edwards alumnus, and current USask medicine student wins Joule Innovation Grant BRITTNEY HOLWECK NATASHA KATCHUK


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Edwards alumni and current USask medicine student, Brandon Spink (B.Comm. 2016) received the $10,000 Joule Innovation Grant in the Emerging Physician Innovator category in 2020 following his team’s win in the 2019 Med.Hack(+) hackathon competition for his invention, the Nexagon. During Spink’s time at Edwards, he talked about how he learned a number of valuable content-related skills, but the two most invaluable to his medical studies were the soft skills of understanding the value of interdisciplinary collaboration and the need to think outside the box. After his commerce degree, he realized he was not finished learning and as he had always been interested in health, he applied for medical school. In his medical studies, Spink realized clinical issues are best solved through viewing the problems through multiple sets of eyes. “We all have blind spots in our training and solving patient problems in teams helps address this potential deficit as well as allows us to think about alternative solutions.” Spink had always been interested in finding innovative solutions to existing problems. “My first foray into innovation resulted as an undergraduate in commerce when I partnered with a computer science student to develop an app for determining nutritional requirements for recovery following a workout,” said Spink. “While this app never made it past the prototype stage, it piqued my interest to keep looking for problems to solve.” Therefore, after hearing about the hackathon from medical students who previously participated, he joined a team that would search for innovative solutions for the risk of concussions. “The problem that was most intriguing to me was that there currently are no solutions that effectively prevent and/or mitigate the risk of concussions caused by whiplashrelated events in sports,” said Spink.

The hackathon is an event designed to solve problems in healthcare using technology. It allows students to prototype solutions to real-life issues that are posed by presenters over the course of 48-hours. During these 48-hours Spink along with his teammates Richard Ngo a fellow medical student, Andres Erazo, a current Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering at USask, and Gabriel, a mechanical engineering student at the Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas in Ecuador created the Nexagon. The Nexagon acts as a protective collar to address one of the key causes of concussions, rapid rotation of the head and neck. The current form of protection, the helmet only attempts to dissipate the force of a blow to the head, of which outcomes are more likely to be skull fractures, secondary contusions, and epidural hematomas not concussions. “Our collar directly addresses concussions in the following ways. First, we use elastic materials in our collar to take advantage of its ability to absorb the impact of a collision by translating the impact energy into the deformation of the collar. Second, we recognize the importance of shapes that occur in nature naturally. For instance, the beehive's internal structure is a densely packed group of hexagonal prisms. This specific structure has been shown to be collision-resistant, and its internal emptiness allows for a controlled space for deformation. This non-Newtonian design allows absorption of the impact energy by levels until the impact has been dampened allowing the collar to return to its initial state after a strong impact, for subsequent uses.” The Joule Innovation Grant hosted by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), provided Spink an invaluable opportunity for funding to further test and validate working models for the Nexagon. Along

with the grant, the mentorship associated with it would be extremely helpful in navigating this innovative space in the healthcare setting. The grant works by assessing each submission by the Joule Innovation Council with the following criteria: • Improves health outcomes for patients, physicians, and the overall health care system. • Transformation of current health care approaches. • Potential for the adoption and use within Canada and beyond. • Advance patient-centered care through meaningful stakeholder engagement. In addition to the criteria, there were 247 total entries from across Canada. Spink was selected as one of 12 recipients of a Joule Innovation Grant in the Emerging Physician Innovator category. As for the Nexagon, Spink’s team is still in the R&D stage, with their ultimate goal of bringing the neck collar to market. “We believe several stakeholders will benefit from the use of the Nexagon in the sporting arena,” said Spink. “These include athletes, parents, sports leagues, healthcare providers, and the healthcare system generally." Spink plans to continue other entrepreneurial opportunities in the healthcare space. He is currently involved with Novita Medical Innovations Inc. as a co-founder. Novita is an interdisciplinary R&D company that exists to innovate techniques and technologies in the medical device industry.



Indigenous Initiatives; THE PROCESS, UPDATES, AND USE


The Thrive committee sat down with Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Dante Carter, and the Director of Indigenous Initiatives, Lauren Aussant, from the Edwards Business Students Society (EBSS) to discuss the creation and evolution of the Indigenous Initiatives document. 22

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MAYA GAUTHIER SUPPLIED Lauren Aussant The EBSS is at the top of an umbrella of inter-council clubs such as the Accounting Club, the Marketing Students Society, and most recently, the Indigenous Business Students Society (IBSS). The IBSS is a group within Edwards that is dedicated to advocating for Indigenous students and enhancing the student experience in their time at Edwards. Last year, the EBSS created a strategy for a document called the Indigenous Initiatives. The strategy aims to create an environment where Indigenous culture and tradition is celebrated, respected and evident. The EBSS created this document in collaboration with the IBSS to develop a safe and inclusive space in the EBSS and within Edwards. When speaking with Aussant and Carter, the importance of the Indigenous Initiatives document became very clear. Change, Inclusion, Recognition, Collaboration, Learning, and Equity (CIRCLE) were commitments created to align with the Calls to Action established by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The symbol of the circle holds significance in Indigenous culture. The circle represents unity and equity. It illustrates how all things are interconnected and dependent on one another. Carter expressed that there was a need for decolonization within the EBSS that prompted the creation of the framework. She explained, "Not only is it something we should be thinking about as a student group who serves a diverse student body, but also as a way to better our relationships with other groups we work with."

Dante Carter

The creation process of a document like this is very intensive and one that involves much research and collaboration. AubreyAnne Laliberte-Pewapisconias, co-founder of the IBSS, oversaw the initial completion of the document. The composers wanted to see the structure of similar initiatives at other Canadian business schools. They quickly realized no other business student associations were partaking in such initiatives and that they would be spearheading the initiative. This also meant that there was a large component of consultation with other Indigenous students and the IBSS. This year, the Director of Indigenous Initiatives, Lauren Aussant, is updating the Indigenous Initiatives document to better reflect the needs of Indigenous students that have developed over the past year. Aussant explained, "After discussing with Dante and other Indigenous students, I started looking at more specific ways that we can decolonize and indigenize each portfolio of the EBSS." During her discussions and research, Aussant saw the need to indigenize the many events hosted by the EBSS so Indigenous students, faculty, and staff felt comfortable and included in that environment. Different ways this can be accomplished are indicated in the "Inclusion" aspect of the Indigenous Initiatives document. The introduction of this document at the 2021 IBSS Indigenous Achievement Conference was a particularly important day and a coming-of-age moment for Carter

and her fellow peers. It was first shared with Dean Keith Willoughby for faculty and staff of Edwards and later was shared at the Canadian Association of Business Students Conference with schools all over Canada. The Indigenous Initiatives document should be incorporated in students, staff, and faculty’s daily lives to decolonize and indigenize Edwards as a whole. When asked how to make Edwards a safe and inclusive space, Carter said, "When we are in a colonial institution that is rooted in the harms against Indigenous peoples, it's so important to be cognizant of thinking about ways we can help." One of the first steps that Aussant and Carter advise to begin decolonization and indigenization in our daily lives, is writing personal land acknowledgments. They encourage Thrive readers to answer the question ‘What privileges do you have and how can you use those to give back to the Indigenous community?’ This is where the document may come in handy for so many to understand the importance of culture and awareness in the Indigenous community. Aussant explained, "For many Edwards students, faculty, and staff, they may not understand the experiences of Indigenous students, which I think has been in Canadian history for a long time." The EBSS Indigenous Initiatives document is and will continue to be a very monumental and eminent piece of work and the Edwards School of Business is very proud of the students involved.





Giving comes full circle Donor helps students realize their road map to success CARLEE SNOW DAVID STOBBE


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Nicole Li (Mackisey) (B.Comm. 2011, MPAcc 2012) has always looked at the big picture and is encouraging Edwards School of Business students to do the same through her scholarship support. Li is the Chief Financial Officer of Sunrise Foods International, a global company focused on organic specialty agriculture commodities. With teams in Canada, the United States, Netherlands, and Turkey, she has become a regular globetrotter. “I frequent Turkey, I lost count of the times I’ve been there after ten trips.” Despite all her time abroad, she stays connected to the Saskatoon community in several ways. One being as a donor to the Edwards School of Business. As a recipient of the N. Murray Edwards Scholarship, Joseph H. Thompson Scholarship, Goodspeed Award, and the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society Taxation Prize, Li experienced firsthand the influence donors have during her time as a student. “Receiving those awards really meant a lot to me. It was extremely helpful to be able to focus solely on school without worrying about the financials,” explained Li. “More importantly, to know that there are people who cared about my schooling and the goals I was aiming for was so motivational. I worked harder and opened myself up to learn as much as possible while I was a student.” This generosity inspired Li to set up The Nicole Mackisey Leadership Scholarship for students at Edwards. “I wanted to not only give financial incentive to students, but also get them thinking about their future through goal setting,” she explained. “So often in university, students only think in the short-term but do not take a step back and look at the big picture. There was not an award like this, so I saw a unique opportunity to prompt this type of thinking in students.”

The scholarship amount may look a little strange at first glance, the amount ends with 29 dollars, but it has major significance. “I put it ending with 29 dollars so I could aways remember how old I was when I started giving,” Li explained. Setting up a major scholarship at the age of 29 is not overly common. To Li, getting involved with philanthropy at a young age was a fun opportunity to pursue. “I thought, why wait till I’m old? I think it’s fun to give back when you are young because you can really experience the result of your giving,” explained Li. “I interact with the recipients and follow along on their journey to see the great things they accomplish with their degrees and life. You can see the impact of your investment first-hand and have the potential to cross paths professionally with them which is an amazing possibility.” Li has met all the students who have received her scholarship and said it is one of the best experiences. “Their energy is contagious! They are all so ambitious and eager, talking about their timelines and plans for the future.” She mentioned that its common when you have been working for a while you lose that type of energy. “After meeting and talking with the students, I feel that renewed energy from their enthusiasm. It’s incredibly inspiring”. The Nicole Mackisey Leadership Scholarship was created for upper-year students to give financial support while helping them plan their path to success after the completion of their B.Comm. degree. Students create a 5-year timeline of their plans after graduation, including career and academic milestones. This award asks students to think of the big picture and sets them up for success presently and beyond their time as a student. For more information on awards, visit or call 306-966-7471.




Research aims to understand how policies and decision-making processes impact organizations and workers JOELENA LEADER DAVID STOBBE

Professor Dionne Pohler explains how different governance models can affect decision-making and why that matters for building inclusive communities and organizations for more effective problem solving.


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What approaches to decision-making lead to policies that will generate positive impacts? This is the burning question driving Dr. Dionne Pohler’s research. She is interested in understanding how people solve problems and why some government and employer policies are effective, while others are not. Dionne shares insights into these questions in a discussion about her research.

Describe your research and why it matters. Dionne: I explore how different ideas we have about everything from work, class and gender to COVID-19 impact design and implementation of government and employer policies as they relate to the workplace. I also investigate the outcomes of policies – the unintended negative consequences on people who have little voice or power over their implementation. I’m interested in understanding how different types of governance – such as the co-operative model – can more broadly distribute decision-making power, and why that matters for building inclusive communities and organizations that can more effectively solve problems we care about. People should care about who gets to decide what problems matter, as well as what solutions are implemented to solve these problems.

What do you find most exciting about labour relations and co-operative research? Dionne: Both areas of research recognize that people understand their own problems and have good ideas about how to solve them. Experts and researchers need to adopt a supporting role in helping people solve their own problems. When I take a backstage role, I learn so much from listening to people describe their own problems and ideas about solutions. Context also matters, and you never face the exact same problem twice. It never gets boring.

How have organizations been impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic and how have they responded or adapted? Dionne: I’ve been exploring this issue since March 2020 with two PhD students. Some organizations have really thrived during the pandemic, while others failed. Most are just muddling through. Some organizations implemented problematic policies, while others did a better job. There will be major adjustments to the economy post-pandemic, and this will have different impacts on different organizations and workers, depending on their industry and ability to adapt to the challenges posed by the virus and lockdowns.

How can business leaders better adapt to shifts in the labour market? Dionne: Business leaders can learn from what is happening in countries that have moved more quickly past the pandemic than we have in Canada. There may be a period of very rapid churn in labour markets following the crisis that will be difficult to manage because organizational leaders are burnt out from the constant change over the past two years. Being prepared for what will inevitably be more change and preserving energy to continue to implement strategic priorities and address workers’ needs while fighting recurring waves of the virus will be difficult, but necessary so business can continue to attract and retain workers.

How can academic research help businesses make better decisions? Dionne: This is a weird statement coming from an academic researcher, but I’m not sure research can help businesses make better decisions. Research explores and explains the past. Business leaders often need to make predictions about what will happen in the future. To the extent that the past is a good predictor of the future, as it might be when environments are similar and stable, models based on past research might be beneficial. There are generalizable principles, however, even in uncertain situations. For instance,

“ Making sure that low-income workers do not fall through the cracks of government and organizational policies, and that their labour is adequately valued, is critical to ensuring equity in the labour market post-COVID.” - Dr. Dionne Pohler

balancing efficiency, equity, and voice objectives is always the most effective way to craft solutions to organizational problems. And striking a balance always requires seeking input from many different people who come from different perspectives.

What is the most important aspect of ensuring equity in the labour market post-COVID? Dionne: My research with Kourtney Koebel showed that while many of the lowest-income workers lost their jobs, other low-income workers worked even more hours early in the pandemic. And higher-income workers were more likely to be able to work from home. Making sure that low-income workers do not fall through the cracks of government and organizational policies, and that their labour is adequately valued, is critical to ensuring equity in the labour market post-COVID.

What do you want Edwards’ students to understand about labour relations by the time they graduate? Dionne: Labour relations is about fixing problems. It isn’t about crafting perfect strategies, communications, or platitudes. It is about managers, unions, and workers muddling through the workplace every day together, crafting solutions that probably make no one happy, but that everyone can live with.





Life-mapping in the classroom and beyond NATASHA KATCHUK SUPPLIED


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Adventure writer Mark Jenkins said that “planning a journey without a map is like building a house without drawings …. maps encourage boldness…. They make anything seem possible.” designed to help students learn to think critically and objectively, focus on what is meaningful, and develop excellent planning, communication, and other skills for life-success.

LEARNER’S LIFE-MAP Learn to think critically and objectively

Where I am

Focus on what is meaningful

Respectful, personalised, ethical mentorship to help navigate life-map

Learning from others

Where I want to be

Future Possibilities

Develop good planning skills

Inspirational instruction respectful of different views to support life-map navigation

Described as a ‘coach’ and ‘mentor’ by students and colleagues alike, associate professor Dr. Lee Swanson has developed a reputation as an educator, including through his work with student research assistants on his social entrepreneurship, business ecosystems, Indigenous governance, and Indigenous capacity building projects. Now in his thirteenth year of teaching at USask, the associate professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at the Edwards School of Business, and former director of the Edwards InVenture Entrepreneurship initiative, was honoured at the University of Saskatchewan’s 2021 Spring Convocation with the Master Teacher Award, the university’s highest level of recognition for teaching excellence. The Master Teacher Award recognizes faculty members who make outstanding contributions to teaching through a vibrant learning environment, positivity, professional growth, and leadership. Swanson explained his teaching philosophy is a transformative process that moves beyond teaching in the classroom by helping learners to see the possibilities and pathways that exist for their lives in addition to learning entrepreneurship.

“At the waypoints, learners acquire the skills and perspectives needed for the journey,” said Swanson. “As they approach their planned destination, a life-map perspective can help them see the potential beyond and, with the expertise they gained on the journey, they should feel prepared and possibly motivated to set new goals.”

The teacher as a guide Life-mapping Swanson centers his teaching style around helping learners confidently and effectively map their lives forward from the classroom into their careers. Through the creation of a unique and impactful learning environment, Swanson meets learners on their terms by embracing their values and worldviews as a first step in empowering them to choose their own path toward success. “Life-mapping is a way for learners to think about where they are, imagine where they want to be in their personal and professional lives, and consider what route they should take to get there,” said Swanson, who received the Provost’s College Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Edwards Dean’s Award for Teaching Innovation. Swanson feels it is important that learners see for themselves how what they are doing in the classroom connects with their future aspirations.

Experiential learning Through real-life projects and living case studies, Swanson encourages active learning in his classes. This approach is

Swanson walks with his students every step of the way. Like a good guide, he regularly asks, "Where are you at?" "Where do you want to go?" and "What is the next best step?” “As an educator, I see my role as providing the knowledge, skills, and inspiration learners need as they navigate their life-map,” explained Swanson. “I strive to provide respectful, personalized, and ethical mentorship to not only help students visualize – like on a map – where they can be and a pathway to get there, but to also see the possibilities beyond that.” This supportive learning environment in which students discover their ‘pathways’ is what elevates Swanson’s teaching philosophy beyond teaching skills to shaping the lives of students’ years after students complete his class. “I want to help learners understand where they are, the possibilities they have, their pathways to achieving goals, and their potential for further success,” said Swanson. “I aspire to help students navigate their life-map for life-long success.” The Edwards School of Business thanks associate professor Dr. Lee Swanson for his dedication to community-engaged learning. Congratulations on your well-deserved Master Teacher Award!




Developing a leadership journey DAVID STOBBE


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For over 40 years, Edwards Executive Education has offered a variety of leadership-focused programs. As Saskatchewan’s leader in professional development training, we have refined programming to reflect the current trends and challenges that Saskatchewan leaders face. Our programs are tailored to match the progressive stages of your leadership journey from team leaders to frontline and operative leaders, to mid-level leaders and top-level leaders.







EQ Essentials for Supervisors

Leadership Essentials for Supervisors

Leadership Development

Effective Executive Leadership

Communication Strategy for Success

Operational Excellence Certificate


Step by Step


Effective Executive Leadership Program The Effective Executive Leadership program is Saskatchewan’s most unique and impactful leadership development program, focused on developing and enhancing the leadership capabilities required of senior leaders. The program is retreat-based and located within the serene setting of beautiful Elk Ridge, Saskatchewan. Through an immersive setting, it provides a blend of self-development, team development, and practical application.

Brett Elmgren, the Program Director, is proud of the impact the program has had on participants. He said it has been thoughtfully designed to incorporate a blend of introspective self-development, social team-development, and real-life practical application.

Content is focused on preparing you to elevate successfully to senior-leadership roles while optimizing the critical leadership skills, traits and abilities required to lead effectively at all levels.

“The Effective Executive Leadership program provides a unique and immersive learning experience for leaders looking to develop and enhance the capabilities required to lead at a senior organizational level," said Elmgren. “If you’re a leader seeking innovative leadership development in preparation for a senior role, this program is the perfect experience for you.”

During the program’s pandemic hiatus, Effective Executive was redesigned to address cutting edge topics that senior leaders are now facing such as leading with influence, psychological safety, inclusive leadership, and how personalities shape the behaviour of high-performing teams.

The program weaves together top academics from the University of Saskatchewan, industry experts in the areas of leadership and management, and experts from the College of Kinesiology in fitness and wellness to bring a balance of personal growth and professional development.

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Directors Education Program

Developing leaders Leadership looks different for everyone depending on where you are in your career. Whether you're leading a meeting, a project, or a team, Edwards Executive Education offers a variety of leadership-focused programs to meet you at your stage of development and build capacity. The Leadership Essentials for Supervisors Program is perfect for team leads or those moving into a leadership role for the first time. You will explore tools to transition from a peer to a supervisor effectively, how to allocate management versus leadership efforts and how to create presence and purpose within workplace culture to motivate people. The Leadership Development Program is well-suited to supervisors and managers with less than five years of leadership experience. This is a 5-day program with virtual and in-person delivery options available. It covers topics such as: developing your leadership style, leading change, building high performance teams, and how to approach coaching and offering feedback.

Level up your skills and experience for yourself everything that Edwards Executive Education has to offer. For more information on our programs and funding eligibility please visit



Donor Roll Thanks to our donors and friends

The Edwards School of Business acknowledges, with gratitude, our many donors who generously support the school and the programs and services offered. Through gifts of time, knowledge, and resources, you inspire students, faculty, and staff to be creative, to accept new challenges and to continue to be leaders in the field of business education. Be assured that your contributions are used effectively. It is with pride that we continue to enhance the school’s ability to provide quality educational opportunities, undertake research activities and share the results with local, national and international communities. The annual donor roll lists supporters who gave $1000 or more from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the report, we acknowledge that errors may have occurred. If you have questions about this list, please contact us at 306-966-7471 or Thank you for your continued support of the Edwards School of Business.

Individuals Gifts of $100,000 to $999,999 Anonymous Estate of William F. Limin

Gifts of $50,000 to $99,999 Gordon Rawlinson Kevin Kruk Scott & Grit McCreath Ted Hanlon

Gifts of $25,000 to $49,999 Bill Bone Grant & Shannon Isaac N. Murray Edwards


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Gifts of $10,000 to $24,999

Gifts of $1,000 to $4,999

Dorothy & Conrad Thordarson James Estey John & Beverley Brennan John Gordon Mel Berg Merlis Belsher Susan Milburn

Angie Rea Art Korpach Audrey & Brad Grant Barry Quon Brad Hunter Brian Mark Bruce Burnyeat Bryan McCrea Bryn Botham Cara Keating Catherine Warner Chelsea Willness Colin Taylor Craig & Judi Francis Don Engle Don Somers Doug Proll George & Donna Marlatte Glenn Dagenais Gord Stewart Gordon den Brok Govind Achyuthan Greg Yuel Gregory Longster

Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999 Bill Lamberton Brent & Deborah Hesje Claudia Senkiw Gordon Thompson Kent Ferguson Lynne Pearson Margaret McKenzie Michael Greenberg Nicole Mackisey Ralph & Mary Biden Warren Wood

Howard Wankel Jack Neumann James Sproule Jeffrey & Desiree Bourassa John & Nicholle Povhe John Bean Keith & Catherine Martell Keith Smith Keith Willoughby Kelly Strueby Lara Guzik Laurie Moen Lee Swanson Louis Marcil Mark Folstad Michael Lamborn Michael Rushby Michael Tumback Rand Flynn Robert Connoly Ronald Fior Russel Marcoux Shelley & Murray Brown Steven Flynn Tom McClocklin Wayne Ulrich

Corporations Foundations


Gifts of $100,000 to $999,999 Federated Co-operatives Limited

Gifts of $ 50,000 to $99,999 Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation PrairieSky Royalty Ltd.

Gifts of $10,000 to $24,999 Cameco Corporation KPMG Nutrien

Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999 Fountain Tire Ltd Jan Paula Lahti Foundation Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. Saskatchewan Power Corporation Inc. Virtus Group LLP

Gifts of $1,000 to $4,999 Canadian Petroleum Tax Society Chartered Professional Accountants Education Foundation of Alberta Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) Saskatchewan Dargentna Consulting Inc Edwards Business Students' Society Tax Executives Institute Inc. (TEI) Calgary Chapter Wiegers Financial & Benefits



Alumni Achievements 2021-2022

Once again, our Edwards alumni have been getting noticed. Graduates of our programs win awards, take on volunteer roles and are appointed to leadership positions around the country. Here are just a few of this past year’s alumni successes:

Classes of the 1980s Tracy Robinson Ms. Tracy Robinson (B.Comm. 1986) was promoted to the CEO of the Canadian National Railway in 2021.

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Noraini B. Ahmad

Heather Ryan

Hon. Dato Noraini B. Ahmad (B.Comm. 1991) was appointed as the Minister of Higher Education of Malaysia in 2021.

Ms. Heather Ryan (B.Comm. 1996) was elected for a second term on the Greater Saskatoon Chamber-Commerce.

Anthony Bidulka

Anand Ramayya

Mr. Anthony Bidulka (B.A. 1983, B.Comm. 1991, B.Ed. 1991) published his 12th novel, Going to Beautiful in May 2022.

Mr. Anand Ramayya (B.Comm. 1997) was the recipient of the CMPA Experienced Producer Award in 2022 and recently produced the film Donkeyhead.

Monica Kreuger

Candice Pete-Cardoso

Ms. Monica Kreuger (BA 1978, MBA 1994) took on a new role as Director at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in 2021.

Ms. Candice Pete-Cardoso (B.Comm. 1999, MPA 2012) was appointed Director of Indigenous Land Management Institute at the USask College of Agriculture and Bioresources in 2022.

Classes of the 2000s Heather Sully

Tannis Nicholson

Ms. Heather Sully (B.Comm. 2000) was nominated for the Community Building Award through the YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Awards in 2021.

Ms. Tannis Nicholson (BUSADM 2006) was nominated for Loretta’s Award through the YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Awards in 2021.

Silvia Martini

Amanda Chevrier

Ms. Silvia Martini (BUSADM'01, CEBAC'14) was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2020.

Ms. Amanda Chevrier, CPA, CA (B.Comm. 2007) obtained a new position as a Strategic-Partner with Schooley Mitchell in 2021.

Regan Reineke

Shannon Lindsay

Mr. Regan Reineke, CPA, CA (B.Comm. 2002, MPAcc 2003) was named Partner at MNP LLP in 2021.

Ms. Shannon Lindsay, CPA, CA (B.Comm. 2008, MPAcc 2010) was promoted to Director of Enterprise Integration with Federated Co-operatives Limited in 2022.

Corey Michel

Danielle Wildfong

Mr. Corey Michel, CAAP (B.Comm. 2003) was named President and Chief Executive Officer at LMNO in 2021.

Ms. Danielle Wildfong, FEA (B.Comm. 2008) joined the National Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors (CAFA) and completed the Family Enterprise Advisor designation.

Sabrina Keeler

Jeremy Ring

Ms. Sabrina Keeler (B.Comm. 2005) was promoted to National Sales and Operations Manager at General Motors in 2021.

Mr. Jeremy Ring (BA 2007, B.Comm. 2009) started a new role as Managing Director of Human Resources at the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation in 2022.

Kate Matthews

Derek Tan

Ms. Kate Matthews (B.Comm. 2006) was nominated for the Culture and Heritage Award through the YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Awards in 2021.

Mr. Derek Tan, CPA, CA (MPAcc 2009) was recognized as one of the 2022 recipients of the Waste360 Top 40 Under 40 award.

Allison McMillan

Vera Totland

Ms. Allison McMillan, CPA, CA (B.Comm. 2006, MPAcc 2008) was appointed CFO of 7Shifts in 2021.

Ms. Vera Totland (B.Comm. 2008, MBA 2022) was appointed Senior Manager, Energy Products Marketing at Federated Co-op Limited in 2022.



Classes of the 2010s Dana Carriere

Meahgan Sweet

Ms. Dana Carriere (B.Comm. 2010, MA 2014, MBA 2016) joined the Management and Marketing Department as a Lecturer with the Edwards School of Business in 2021.

Ms. Meahgan Sweet (B.Comm. 2013) was appointed to Associate Vice President, Buy Now Pay Later at Flexiti in 2022.

Matt Petrow

Graham Snell

Mr. Matt Petrow, CPA, CA (B.Comm. 2010, MPAcc 2012) was promoted to CFO at Coconut Software in 2022.


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Mr. Graham Snell (BAC 2014) was elected as the Chair of the 2021-2022 Executive Committee at the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce.

Vince Bruni-Bossio

Shakya Abeywickrama

Dr. Vince Bruni-Bossio, ICD.D (MBA 2010, PhD 2021) was recently appointed to Interim Associate Provost, Strategic Priorities at the University of Saskatchewan.

Ms. Shakya Abeywickrama (B.Comm. 2014) was promoted to Vice President and Divisional GM of Marketing Services at Vendasta in 2021.

Melissa Kraft

Gillian Wrubleski

Ms. Melissa Kraft, CPA, CA (B.Comm. 2011, MPAcc 2013) began a new role as Senior Manager of Financial Operations at Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies in 2021.

Ms. Gillian Wrubleski, CPA (B.Comm. 2014, MPAcc 2015) commenced her new role as the Manager of the MPAcc Program at the Edwards School of Business in 2022.

Anna Burton

Suryadeep Singh

Ms. Anna Burton (B.Comm. 2012) started a new position in 2022 as the Director of Development, Institutional Research at the University of Saskatchewan.

Mr. Suryadeep Singh (MBA 2014) began a new role as a Mobile Mortgage Specialist at Affinity Credit Union in 2021.

Brady Cassidy

Tyler Campbell

Mr. Brady Cassidy (MBA 2011) completed the successful acquisition of his software-as-aservice (SaaS) company, Rewardful, in 2021.

Mr. Tyler Campbell, CPA, CA (MPAcc 2014) was named as a Partner at KPMG Canada in 2021.

Jacqueline Cook

Piper Clarke

Ms. Jacqueline Cook (B.Comm. 2013) was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2021.

Ms. Piper Clarke (B.Comm. 2015) started a new position with SalonScale as the Marketing Manager in 2021.

McKenzie Hunter

Czarina Catambing

Ms. McKenzie Hunter (B.Comm. 2015) was nominated for the Research & Technology Award through the YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Awards in 2021.

Ms. Czarina Catambing (B.Comm. 2017, BSc 2022) began a new position as Product Manager at Passport in 2022.

Rory Nussbaumer

Jordana Knoblauch

Mr. Rory Nussbaumer (B.Comm. 2016) was appointed Global Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Strategy Manager at Corteva Agriscience in 2021.

Ms. Jordana Knoblauch (B.Comm. 2017) started a new role as an Account Manager at PartnerStack in 2022.

Ian Sicat

Kara Leftley

Mr. Ian Sicat (B.Comm. 2016) was promoted to Channel Partner Manager at SiteDocs in 2021.

Ms. Kara Leftley (B.Comm. 2017) was elected as Chair of the United Way Saskatoon Board of Directors in 2021.

Anastasia Stadnyk

Anna Tavares Siemens

Ms. Anastasia Stadnyk (B.Comm. 2016, MBA 2017) was promoted to Senior Manager Product at ATB Financial in 2021.

Ms. Anna Tavares Siemens (B.Comm. 2017) joined Zapier as Senior Manager, Strategy & Business Planning in 2021.

Colton Wiegers

Breanne Walkeden

Mr. Colton Wiegers (B.Comm. 2016) was elected as Vice-Chair for the 2021-2022 Executive Committee at the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Breanne Walkeden (B.Comm. 2017) started a new position as Community and Partners Manager with Cultivator SK in 2021.

Rashid Ahmed

Nimco Moumin

Mr. Rashid Ahmed (B.Comm. 2017) was elected as a Board Member for the United Way of Saskatoon in 2022 and was also promoted to Learning Specialist with the Government of Saskatchewan.

Ms. Nimco Moumin (MBA 2017) was elected as a Board Member for Recess Gaurdians in 2021.

Tanner Braaten

Tanner Assie

Mr. Tanner Braaten (B.Comm. 2017) was promoted to Community Engagement Director with the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation in 2021 and was the inaugural recipient of the John Lauck Award for Emerging Leaders.

Mr. Tanner Assie (B.Comm. 2018) recently started a new volunteer role as the JDC West Board Chair for the Competition’s Committee in 2021.



Anika Mysha

Kelsey Murphy

Ms. Anika Mysha (B.Comm. 2018) was promoted to Investment and Retirement Planner at RBC in 2022.

Ms. Kelsey Murphy (B.Comm. 2019) was the recipient of the 29 & Under Award in 2021 from the YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Awards.

Cloe Ye

Susan Winmill

Ms. Cloe Ye (B.Comm. 2018) was promoted to Head of People & Culture at SalonScale in 2022.

Ms. Susan Winmill, CPA (B.Comm. 2019, MPAcc 2020) received her CPA designation in 2021.

Andrea Landstad

Bailey Woloshyn

Ms. Andrea Landstad, CPA (B.Comm. 2019) was promoted to Manager of Assurance and Accounting at MNP LLP in 2022 and completed her CPA designation in 2021.

Ms. Bailey Woloshyn (B.Comm. 2019) spent time leading local government, raising over $254,000 for charity, and is now heading back to the USask College of Law to obtain a law degree.

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Ryssa Alarcon

Morgan Kalk

Ms. Ryssa Alarcon (B.Comm. 2020) recently joined Innovation Saskatchewan as a Marketing & Communications Consultant.

Ms. Morgan Kalk (B.Comm. 2020) was nominated for the 29 & Under Award through the YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Awards in 2021.

Ralfh Besana

Riley Neumeier

Mr. Ralfh Besana, (B.Comm. 2020) was promoted to Business Analyst at the Saskatchewan Health Authority in 2022.

Mr. Riley Neumeier (B.Comm. 2020) started a new position as an Account Executive for the Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club and the Saskatchewan Rush Lacrosse Club in 2021.

Ryan Ekdahl

Mikaila Ortynsky

Mr. Ryan Ekdahl (B.Comm. 2020) was promoted to Investment Advisor and Insurance Advisor with the Degelman Pruden Group at Wellington-Altus Private Wealth in 2021.

Ms. Mikaila Ortynsky (B.Comm. 2020) was accepted into the PhD Management program with a specialization in Organizational Behaviour at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

Arielle Hamp

Shelby Scherbanuik

Ms. Arielle Hamp, (B.Comm. 2020) started a new position as the Marketing Research Assistant at Rivercity Innovations.

Ms. Shelby Scherbanuik (B.Comm. 2020) started a new position as Co-op/Career Advisor at the Edwards School of Business in 2022.

Tyra Tkatchuk

Kamila Wyszomirski

Ms. Tyra Tkatchuk (B.Comm. 2020) was promoted to Procurement Advisor at Federated Co-operatives Limited in 2022.

Ms. Kamila Wyszomirski (B.Comm. 2021) started a new position as Marketing Manager at Rivercity Innovations.

Apel Mahmood Rifat

Hailey Dmytrow

Mr. Apel Mahmood Rifat, (M.Sc. Finance 2020) was accepted into the Finance Ph.D. program at the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.

Ms. Hailey Dmytrow (B.Comm. 2022) started a new job with the Saskatchewan Roughrider Foundation as a Special Events and Marketing Intern in 2022.

Natalie Bolen

Karmyn Kay

Ms. Natalie Bolen (M.Sc. Marketing 2020) was accepted into the Business Ph.D. program with a specialization in marketing at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.

Ms. Karmyn Kay (B.Comm. 2022) started a new position as a Staff Accountant at Deloitte in 2022.

Jordan Feher

Brooke Kleiboer

Ms. Jordan Feher (B.Comm. 2020) started a new role as Human Resources Coordinator in the Talent Management Department at Federated Co-operatives Limited in 2021.

Ms. Brooke Kleiboer (B.Comm. 2022) started a new position in 2022 at the University of Saskatchewan as a Communications Specialist in the Office of the Vice-President Research.

Natasha Layton

Kassidy Yockey

Ms. Natasha Layton (B.Comm. 2021) started a new position at Archer-Daniels-Midland Company as a Commercial Manager Trainee in 2021.

Ms. Kassidy Yockey (B.Comm. 2022) joined KPMG as a Consultant in 2022.

Carly Spooner Ms. Carly Spooner, (B.Comm. 2021) started a new position as an Annual Campaign Coordinator at the United Way of Saskatoon and Area in 2022.

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Wanda Gonda retires Recipe for administrative career brilliance: one-part pervasive work ethic combined with two portions of determined diligence. Sprinkle liberally with copious amounts of humour. Stir in exceptional teamwork skills. Add in a sweeping supply of poise and professionalism. Chill and serve. This thoroughly demonstrates Wanda Gonda’s robust impact during her extensive career at the University of Saskatchewan. After nearly 20 years on campus, Wanda Gonda has decided to retire.

Besides her phenomenal contributions at the University of Saskatchewan, Wanda enjoyed considerable success in her agricultural industry career. Her ability to relish new opportunities, quickly adapt to fresh circumstances and demonstrate keen competencies remain her career hallmarks. Over the past two decades, Wanda has worked with all graduate programs at Edwards, including the MBA, MSc Finance and MSc Marketing programs in addition to the MPAcc program. Since Fall 2020, Wanda has primarily supported both the MSc Finance and the MSc Marketing programs. During her career at Edwards, Wanda sagely supported countless graduate students throughout their programs of study. This involved reviewing their initial applications to scheduling their final thesis defenses.

Wanda joined the Edwards School of Business — then the College of Commerce — in 2002. Her wonderful career began with supporting both the Accounting Department and the MPAcc Program. In 2005, she moved to full-time support of the MPAcc Program.

Faculty, staff, and students were the fortunate recipients of Wanda’s grace and kindness. We wish Wanda and her family the very best in their next series of adventures!

Faculty awards Brandy Mackintosh Provost's College Award for Outstanding Teaching (2021)

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CPA Alberta MPAcc Teaching Excellence Award (2020)

Vince Bruni-Bossio MBA Professor of the Year (2021)

Carolyn Augusta

Erica Smith

Brian Lane

Edwards School of Business Most Effective Professor (2021)

CPA Alberta MPAcc Teaching Excellence Award (2020)

MBA Professor of the Year (2021)

Lorelei Nickel

Devin Mescall

Edwards School of Business Somer's Award Most Approachable Professor (2021)

Dean’s Award for Teaching Innovation (2021) and CPA Alberta MPAcc Teaching Excellence Award (2021)

Min Maung

Michael Hernik

Dean's Award for Research Achievement (2021)


Kai Bauman

CPA Alberta MPAcc Teaching Excellence Award (2021)

In Memoriam The Edwards School of Business regrets the passing of these alumni and friends. In Memoriam includes those who have passed between December 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021.

1950s Laubach, Peter, B.Comm., '50 Styles, Richard (Geoff ), B.Comm., '51 Wirth, Harold, B.Comm., '51 Fraser, John (Jack), B.Comm., '52 Thomas, Walter, B.Comm., '52 Learmonth, Robert (Bob), B.Comm., '55 Renouf, Geoffrey (Geoff ), B.Comm., '55 Walker, Bert (Wally), B.Comm., '55 Tubman, James (Slater), B.Comm., '59

1960 Monseler, Leopold (Leo), Cert. Bus Admin., '61 Barker, Hubertha, B.Comm., '62 Craig, Allan, B.Comm., '62 Easom, Donald, B.Comm., '62 Sawchyn, Ernest, LOCADM, '62 Atkinson, James (Jim), B.Comm., '63 Harle, Trevor, Cert. Bus Admin., '63 Nancekievill, Harold, PUBADM, Cert. Bus Admin., '64 Prytula, Fred, Cert. Bus Admin., '64 Loewen, Robert, B.Comm., '68 Rapchuk, Lyle, B.Comm., '68 Kostuik, Henry, LOCADM, '69 MacLean, Marion, LOCADM, '69

1970 Gibson, William (Bill), B.Comm., '70 Poole, Wesley, HOSADM, '70 Ries, Joseph, LOCADM, '70

Romancia, John, HOSADM, '70 Kowal, Alexander, B.Comm., '71 Dove, Elmer, B.Comm., '72 Brecht, Raymond, Cert. Bus Admin., '73 Davis, Percy (Howard), B.Comm., '74 Hodgins, William (Bill), B.Comm., '74 Stefaniuk, Eugenia, HHCC, '74 Sutherland, Lynn, BADMIN, '74 Rait, John, HOSADM, '75 Baird, Stanley, HOSADM, '76 Slatnik, John, B.Comm., '76 Mitzel, Melvin (Mel), B.Comm., '79

1980 Brentnell, Nancy, B.Comm., '83 Korol, Robert (Bob), B.Comm., '84 Aulie, Karen, B.Comm., '85 Briggs, John, BUSADM, '86 Strocen, Yvonne, B.Comm., '86

1990 Sakundiak, Adrian, B.Comm., '92 Stevens, Janice, HECADM, '92 Bertolo, Susan, BUSADM, '96 Lacombe, Sandra, B.Comm., '97

2000 Horner, Charlotte, B.Comm., '00 McDonald, Bruce, B.Comm., '13




To facilitate the involvement of working professionals, the GCL can be completed in as little as four or nine months and is a building block to an MBA. Classes are conveniently scheduled in the late afternoons and there is one full-day Saturday course. If you are interested in elevating your career and becoming a more effective leader, apply before the May 31, 2022, deadline for a September 2022 start.

Third-annual pinning ceremony held in November 2021 The Edwards Pinning Ceremony celebrates students entering their final year of study and the great achievement of reaching this milestone. Receiving this pin symbolizes their transition into the professional business world and acts as a welcome into the network of alumni they join after convocation.

New graduate certificate in leadership offered at the Edwards School of Business The Edwards School of Business is pleased to announce that applications are open for the new Graduate Certificate in Leadership (GCL). The GCL is a three-course graduate certificate that focuses on contemporary leadership issues to have an impact in formal and informal leadership roles.


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Wayne Brownlee (BSc'75, MBA'77) – Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award During his professional tenure with PotashCorp (now Nutrien), Brownlee led several transformational and highly successful changes within the company. He recently retired as executive vice president and chief financial officer. His philanthropic efforts have been equally impactful. Throughout his life he has volunteered on several boards for various Saskatchewan charities. Wayne donates his time, talent, and treasure to many organizations around Saskatoon, including Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon Food bank and Learning Centre, the Edwards School of Business, and the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation Early Learning Equal Start campaign, an initiative Wayne is extremely passionate about and holds near and dear to his heart.

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